Boring Insult

Goku: I'm done.
Freeza: What?
Goku: I'm done fighting you. I'm bored. You're boring me.

The worst insult conceivable to a villain who prides himself on the fact that he's a genius. He's called out on being boring, predictable, and overall, just not particularly interesting. This may very well send him into a berserk rage, particularly if he can't counter any of the points his enemy is making. Could be a case of Bullying a Dragon from a Fearless Fool.

See also Shut Up, Hannibal!.

If you're looking for actual boring insults, try Lame Comeback. If you're looking for when a reviewer insults a work/character by calling it boring, see Eight Deadly Words.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • In Dragon Ball Z, Goku abruptly cuts off his fight with Frieza on the grounds that there's no longer any point to it: Frieza has become so weak and predictable that there's no challenge in fighting him. Frieza, who prides himself on being unbeatable, gets more belligerent and is quickly dispatched by one of his own attacks.
  • In YuYu Hakusho, when Bui begins his fight with Hiei by doing nothing but summoning axes, swinging, and throwing them, Hiei says he is boring. Bui then proves him wrong by unleashing his Battle Aura.

    Comic Books 
  • The Cassandra Cain version of Batgirl, when fighting The Joker, suddenly walks away saying, "Bored. You're boring." This infuriates him so much that he's thrown off-guard and she is able to subdue him.
    • This isn't the first time this trope tripped up Joker. In a Batman/Incredible Hulk story, the Shaper of Worlds gives Joker some of his power, allowing Joker to re-shape the world with his imagination. Batman soon accuses Joker of being uncreative, to which Joker begins re-shaping the world in more chaotic ways, eventually straining his mind to the breaking point. Generally speaking the Joker gets hit with this from time to time; he thinks of himself as unpredictable and chaotic, so pointing out that his plans are often uncreative and samey is something of a Berserk Button.
    • Joker was once kidnapped and tied to a chair by a self-proclaimed sadist who started punching him in the face repeatedly. Joker was not impressed and mocked the man's lack of creativity, especially when the beating made his face numb and the man couldn't think of what to do next.
  • In the climax of the Guardian Devil storyline, Daredevil gets a "The Reason You Suck" Speech about how totally unoriginal Mysterio's Evil Plan is.

    Fan Fic 
  • In Earth and Sky, part of the reason Pinkie Pie is so distraught in the first chapter is that after having to lecture her daughter Tootsie again, Tootsie told her she was "no fun anymore".

  • Die Hard. After Hans Gruber and his band of terrorists are revealed to actually be after $600 million in bearer bonds:
    Holly McClane: After all your posturing, all your little speeches, you're nothing but a common thief.
    Hans Gruber: I am an exceptional thief, Mrs McClane. And since I'm moving up to kidnapping, you should be more polite.
  • In The Italian Job remake, this is the primary tone of the gang's first confrontation with Steve since Steve had previously thought them all dead. While Steve clearly thinks highly of himself for his "clever" betrayal plan (which pretty much involved hiring a bunch of guys with guns to show up at the rendezvous point) and his equally "clever" plan to safeguard the gold, the gang calls him out on the fact that in spite of being a multi-millionaire, Steve hasn't thought of anything the least bit interesting to do with his money. He just bought all the things everybody else said they would do with their share of the money (just like he joked he would during their conversation about what they each wanted to do). And, though they don't mention this, he basically lives his life watching TV and is so hard up for entertainment that he hits on who he thinks is the cable girl.
    • Further driven home by the fact that, in the climax, it's revealed he still had almost all the original loot when the gang steals it from him. Which isn't all that surprising considering Steve regularly engages in Blatant Lies.
  • Golden Eye: When Bond faces Janus towards the end.
    Bond: You break into the Bank of England via computer, then transfer the money electronically, seconds before you set off the GoldenEye, which erases any record of the transactions. Ingenious.
    Janus: Thank you, James.
    Bond: But it still boils down to petty theft. In the end, you're just a bank robber. Nothing more than a common thief.
  • Malcom Tucker's Moment of Awesome from In the Loop is one of these, as he demolishes Linton Barwick in his own inimitable style.
    Malcolm: I've met a lot of psychos, but none as fucking boring as you — I mean, you're a real boring fuck. Oh, sorry. I know you don't approve of swearing, so we'll sort that out: you are a boring eff-star-star-CUNT.
  • Non-villainous example in American Beauty when Ricky hits Angela with a this precision insult.
    Angela: Well, at least I'm not ugly!
    Ricky: Yes you are. And you're boring. And you're totally ordinary.
  • In Quo Vadis, Petronius' suicide note to the Emperor Nero where he enjoins Nero to stop boring everyone with his bad poetry; he can continue to be a bloody tyrant, but could he please stop murdering the arts?
  • In Mystery Men, when The Shoveler, Mr. Furious and the Blue Raja first face the Disco Boys, they're less than impressed by their arsenal. Unfortunately for them, the superheroes — who exist in a world of Awesome, but Impractical — are not quite sharp enough to consider the fact that these weapons are actually Boring but Practical:
    Tony P: What do we got here?
    Tony C: I think they're supposed to be jive superheroes.
    Tony P: Well, they made a big mistake coming to Casanova's place. (as he draws a gun, the heroes snicker.) What's so funny?
    Mr. Furious: (unimpressed) That's it? That's your power? You have guns? Couldn't you be a little more creative than that?
    Blue Raja: Pardon the impertinence, guv'nor, but what the devil does a pistol have to do with disco?
    Disco Boy: It's a Saturday Night Special.
    Mr. Furious: Weak.
    Blue Raja: At best.
    (They high-five as more Disco Boys arrive, armed with a variety of blunt instruments.)
    Shoveler: Check out the guy with the pipe. What are you, the Disco Plumber?
    Blue Raja: (laughing) There's no theme at all here, mates!
    Mr. Furious: I mean, if you're gonna carry a chain, at least make it a gold chain, and that's just off the top of my head... (To Tony C) Yo, what's up, Tiger Lily?
    Tony C: Top of your head, huh?
    ([The Disco Boys beat the heroes up)
  • After Tony Montana makes it big in Scarface (1983), his wife Elvira tells him he's become boring because all he talks about is money.
  • In Dredd, when Dredd delivers his verdict over the PA system, he makes a point that Ma-Ma, the sadistic drug clan leader, is a "common criminal."
  • In The Shadow, this pops up while Lamont and Shiwan Khan have a chinwag at the Chinese restaurant.
  • Referenced in How to Train Your Dragon 2:
    Hiccup: It's not every day that you find out your mother is some kind of crazy, feral, vigilante dragon lady!
    Valka: Well, at least I'm not boring, right?
  • Used against Angela in American Beauty, in reference to her earlier line, "There's nothing worse than being ordinary."
    Angela: Well, at least I'm not ugly.
    Ricky: ...Yes, you are. And you're boring. And you're totally ordinary. And you know it.

  • In Mission Of Honor, this is invoked by a Manticoran official in the Spindle System, when they are hailed by an approaching Solarian fleet. First they take their sweet time answering the Solarian admiral's call, and then by the video call opening to reveal the Manticoran official reclining in his chair, reading a magazine, and having to be alerted to the Admiral's call by an aide, as if the approaching Solarian battle fleet was simply not worth noticing, compared to whatever he was reading. The Plan being to taunt the Solarians into firing the first shot of the inevitable battle, so that the Manticorans could dispatch the fleet while still claiming self-defense.

    Live Action TV  
  • On Buffy the Vampire Slayer, this was the Catch Phrase of Evil Vampire Willow, in the Wish!Verse, an alternate universe where Buffy never came to Sunnydale. Gets a Meaningful Echo several seasons later when Willow flays Warren alive in revenge for the Accidental Murder of Tara.
    Willow: Bored now.
    • Buffy does this to the Master during the first season finale when he tries to hypnotize her.
      Buffy: You have fruit-punch mouth. (hits him) Save the hypnosis crap for the tourists!
  • Angel derides Penn, a vampire he sired, for being so lacking in imagination that he's spent the last hundred years doing the same set of kills over and over again. He backs this up by accurately describing Penn's serial killer wall despite never having seen it.
  • The Doctor, in the Doctor Who episode "Voyage of the Damned", after he learns that the villain wants to crash the Starship Titanic on Earth to get back at the board who seized control of his company. Capricorn spends most of his speech mugging and making faces, until he gets to the end...
    "So that's the plan? A retirement plan? Two thousand people on board this ship, six billion underneath us, all of them slaughtered, and why? Because Max Capricorn is a loser."
  • Will Graham tells Hannibal Lecter "I don't find you that interesting" in the pilot of Hannibal. He changes his mind very much afterwards.
  • Done brilliantly in Homicide: Life on the Street. When trying to get a suspect to confess, Pembleton and Bayliss call him the "most boring man ever to enter the interrogation room" and list off all the types of killers they have encountered, saying that none of them were ever as dull as him.
  • Sherlock gets one in his final confrontation with Moriarty:
    Moriarty: Every fairy tale needs a good old-fashioned villain. You need me or you're nothing. Because we're just alike, you and I, except you're boring. You're on the side of the angels.
    • In something of a subversion, this insult doesn't seem to bother Sherlock - or if it does, he doesn't show it.
  • Monty Python's Flying Circus has the accountant who wants a new job because his job is drearily dull. The vocation counselor tells him that his records show how dull and unimaginative he is, and as these would be drawbacks in other professions, in accountancy such traits are considered positives.

    Newspaper Comics 
  • Jon from Garfield gets these a lot:
    Jon: Someone threw this rock through the window, there's a note attached. *reading note* "You seem boring".
    Garfield: Must remember to send them a thank-you-rock.

    Jon: I'm bored.
    Garfield: You're also boring, you do it all!

    Professional Wrestling 
  • This is how "Stone Cold" Steve Austin pretty much deflated the rest of Lance Storm's WWE run.
  • Ring of Honor and CZW had already scheduled joint events before Chris Hero provoked the latter promotion to invade the former. They managed to workout an agreement to be civil, rather than go the trouble of rescheduling the events, the fans however, did not and the CZW side would frequently chant "Boring" during the ROH matches.
  • John Morrison's fans gasped and hoped for the sake of his WWE career he was being in character when he pulled this trope on perennial WWE Champion John Cena.
  • In a Meta example, this is typically what rings as the death knell for a prospective wrestler, with an audience chat of "Bo-ring! Bo-ring!" either meriting a retool or "Good luck on future endeavors" for the wrestler(s) being hit with this trope. Hilariously, when the audience chanted this to Bo Dallas, he replied, "This IS Bo's Ring!"
  • In Shawn Michaels and Chris Jericho's WrestleMania 19 match, after Jericho started using standard mat wrestling instead of his usual arsenal, Shawn mocked him by miming going to sleep.

  • Non-villainous example. In an episode of Hello Cheeky, John describes Barry with the aside "He could make World War II sound boring," to which Barry responds by doing his impression of World War II — an amalgamation of accents, sound effects, and war songs.

    Video Games 

  • Varsuuvius does it in this strip of The Order of the Stick, calling Nale's stratagems "tedious, unoriginal, and lacking in any truly keen insight", as part of a Spot the Imposter check. Nale immediately snaps and gets a lightning bolt to the face for his troubles.

    Western Animation 
  • Happens at the climax of Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker. After the Joker reveals himself, Bruce radios Terry with specific instructions not to respond to the Joker's gloating, as it's just what he wants. This is the proviso Batman used during the animated series whenever he fought Joker. Terry, however, questions the logic of this approach, deciding instead to hide in the shadows and then start taunting the Joker over his failures, ending in a very mocking, condescending laugh that puts Joker over the edge.
    Joker: Funny guy...
    Terry: Can't say the same for you.
    Joker: Impudent little brat! Who do you think you're talking to?
    Terry: Not a comedian, I'll tell you that!
    • In a flashback scene, the Joker does this to Batman after revealing that he knows that Batman is really Bruce Wayne:
    I must admit, it's sadly anti-climactic. Behind all the sturm and bat-o-rangs, you're just a little boy in a playsuit, crying for mommy and daddy! It'd be funny if it weren't so pathetic. Oh what the heck, I'll laugh anyway! HAHAHAHAHA!
  • Quagmire from Family Guy tops off an epic "The Reason You Suck" Speech to Brian by stating he could forgive Brian's faults if he wasn't such a huge bore.
  • Used dead seriously in Transformers Prime. In one episode, Megatron reveals that's he's been aware of Starscream's treachery since the start, but has tolerated it as long as it was entertaining. Now that he's become predictable, Megatron no longer cares to put up with it.
  • Futurama. From "Anthology Of Interest I".
    Zoidberg: And the murderer is... (gasp) And the MURDERER IS...!
    Fry: (gets up to leave) This is boring. You're boring me, Zoidberg. (leaves)
  • Star vs. the Forces of Evil
    Toffee: You're a disappointment.
    Marco: And you're boring.

    Real Life 
  • This has become a pretty common insult in certain online circles, such as Tumblr and Oh No They Didnt. Slangier variations include "basic" and "beige", which are fairly widespread across most categories- "boring" itself tends to be leveled with greater precision and greater intention to utterly humiliate, which, while useful in some circumstances, has sadly become an easy ad hominem attack in many others.
  • Do not feed the trolls.